| Aug 20, 2009
August is prep time for upcoming maintenance on your cool-season fescue lawn.
This month, kill any weeds in your yard before you seed and fertilize this fall. If your lawn is 50 percent or less weeds, use Roundup or a similar product to spot kill...
| Sep 13, 2009
•Scientific name: Impatiens x hybrida 'SunPatiens.'
•Growth habit: An upright to round evergreen perennial growing to 3 feet tall and wide. The leaf color depends on the variety, shades of green to maroon plus some with yellowish blotches....
| Oct 18, 2009
Scientific name: Acalypha wilkesiana
Growth habit: A heavily branched upright to rounded shrub growing to 8 feet tall and wide. The leaves are ovate in shape consisting of variations of green, coppery, red and yellow colors often with toothed margins and...
| Oct 25, 2009
•Scientific name: Tecoma stans.
•Growth habit: An evergreen rounded large shrub to small tree with multiple branches growing to 15 feet tall and wide. The leaves are bright green, growing to 10 inches long and half as wide, consisting of up...
| May 20, 2010
Aparna and Gautam Shah moved into their home in the Hilton area of Newport News eight years ago. At first, they spent all their time making changes inside.
Two years ago, they started making improvements outdoors and they haven't stopped since. They've...
| Jun 3, 2010
| 5:32 AM
Tickseed, also called coreopsis, is a mainstay in my butterfly garden.
The yellow-flowering plant in its truest form is native to every county in Virginia and most of the United States and Canada.
My garden is home to its cousin, Moonbeam coreopsis,...
| Jun 13, 2010
| 8:07 PM
Every summer I manage to get stung by a wasp. This summer is no exception.
On a recent Sunday, I was sitting on the porch reading. On the other side of the porch is a garden bed in which a rambling rosemary bush had sprawled over the walkway and grown...
| Jul 29, 2010
| 5:25 AM
Mountain mint is a native wildflower you see growing throughout Virginia during summer.
With its narrow leaves, the plant features a delicate, somewhat airy appearance, according to Helen Hamilton, president of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native...
| Aug 12, 2010
| 3:50 AM
•See more plants that like it hot.
•Learn how Virginia creeper differs from poison ivy …
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When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Which is what tropical plants do when it's hot,...
| Feb 3, 2010
| 3:57 PM
When gardening experts say Hampton Roads is in a transition zone, they aren't kidding.
No matter what gardening guide I check, southeastern Virginia is caught in the middle — squeezed between southern and northern climates.
In the 2010 Old Farmer'...
| Feb 11, 2010
| 3:28 AM
Even though he studies biology and lives on campus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Nick Flanders often visits his mother's home in Newport News where he maintains bird feeders filled with sunflower, mixed and thistle seeds and suet.